Danita Mapes

Happy Holi!

Danita Mapes May 4, 2022 4:00 pm

Living Religions: Global Experience Without Going Abroad

I’m sure many students at Arcadia had been looking forward to studying abroad prior to COVID-19, not only to get a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but to cover Arcadia’s Global Experience and Global Reflection AUC requirements. These tough few years have forced Arcadians to consider alternative...

Danita Mapes Mar 9, 2022 12:00 am

CTLM: Connecting Students and Faculty

Lately, Arcadia has kickstarted several initiatives to improve life on campus. One such initiative is the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring (CTLM), directed by Ellen Skilton.  Created in 2020, the CTLM connects students and faculty to improve the educational...

Murphy Hall at sunset

Danita Mapes Jan 25, 2022 12:00 am

Campus Spotlight: Murphy Hall

Murphy Hall, while not in the heart of campus, is a hidden gem that seemingly only Media and Communication and Art students know.  Once the stables of the Harrison estate, Murphy Hall now houses the metals and jewelry studio, graphic design lab, video production lab, Stiteler...

landman library

Danita Mapes Dec 21, 2021 11:30 am

Landman Library: An Invaluable Resource

Everyone knows about Landman Library. Situated by Heinz Hall, our library is a sanctuary for many students. And I’m lucky enough to work there, in the Inter-Library Loans department.  Rather than working in the front of the library as a clerk, I work in the back, processing incoming and...

Students in Oak Summit Apartments

Danita Mapes Dec 13, 2021 3:01 pm

VLOG: Apartment Living at Arcadia
Honors hive

Danita Mapes Nov 1, 2021 10:46 am

A Program that Honors Values—Not Just Academics

When you think of an Honors program at a university, you probably think of rigorous academics, overachievement, and loads of extracurricular activities that leave you with no time for a social life. While this works for some, enrichment doesn’t have to be piling on extra responsibilities—especially...

Danita Mapes' friend in Keswick village

Danita Mapes Jun 3, 2021 8:00 pm

VLOG: My Day in Keswick Village

Follow me and my friends as we sample some Philly food (and more!) in Keswick Village, a short walk from Arcadia's campus.

Student watching laptop in dorm

Danita Mapes Apr 26, 2021 8:00 pm

Movies to Keep You Sane Amid the Insanity

Living on campus during a pandemic is strange. No events and large gatherings in general means we residents have to find other ways to entertain ourselves. And as a Media and Communication student with too much time and two guests allowed at a time in my apartment, I’ve been watching a lot of...

Students walking on campus with masks on

Danita Mapes Mar 30, 2021 12:00 am

Living on Campus During a Pandemic

Arcadia’s campus last fall and spring buzzed with life. Living in Knight Hall, not only was I in close proximity to my friends in the same building, I had ample room for social activities. It seemed like every week I ventured off with my gaggle of friends to some campus event or one of our personal...

Knight Hall on campus

Danita Mapes Mar 7, 2021 7:00 pm

Being Disabled On Campus and Striving for Change

Coming to Arcadia in the fall of 2019, I knew it would be daunting as a disabled person. More specifically, I have cerebral palsy and osteogenesis imperfecta. Cerebral palsy occurs when the brain is abnormally developed or damaged and, in my case of spastic hemiplegia, it results in stiff muscles...

Students playing video games

Danita Mapes Jan 19, 2021 7:00 pm

Procrastinator’s Tips for Making a Short Film at the Last Minute

We’ve all been struck with bouts of procrastination, especially with online learning making it easier than ever to put off assignments. Why do you work when you can close your computer, play a video game, and blissfully ignore all of your assignments?  When I put off my short film...

Communications students on computers

Danita Mapes Dec 29, 2020 7:00 pm

Loco Mag: Arcadia’s Hidden Gem

As a bright-eyed freshman, I wanted to experience all that Arcadia had to offer. So when Lisa Holderman, chair of the Media and Communication department, recommended I take a practicum related to my interest in journalism, I jumped at the chance. Practicums at Arcadia aren’t just...